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Are You Guilty of Sharing TMI at Work?

It's easy to get comfortable at work — logging long hours with your co-workers during company retreats and office happy hours can blur the lines between business hours and social hour. But when it comes to sharing personal anecdotes, too much can affect the way you're perceived at the office.

In some cases, sharing stories can bring you closer to your co-workers in a good way. Talking sports or local news around the watercooler makes you more social, and can even get you noticed with peers and superiors. But recounting the personal details of your bad dating history or your tendency to drink too much, could earn you a reputation as a co-worker to avoid. Even worse, oversharing at the office can make you a likely candidate for dismissal. In the midst of tough economic times, a company looking to cut back, may trim the fat by eliminating the person they think spends too much time discussing personal problems — and consequently, threatens company productivity.

Obviously office culture plays a big part in the kind of chatter deemed appropriate, but while I'm sure there's a co-worker you might call out for sharing too much with you — tell me, have you ever been guilty of sharing too much at the office?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
Nah, we don't chat much at work because we all have to focus on our jobs so much. When we do chat, we talk about kids/pets, movies, sports, weather, what we did last weekend, new recipes, etc. Just general chit-chat stuff, mainly.
Frenched Frenched 7 years
I am a naturally reserved individual so I tend to usually know my limits when it comes to TMI. I like to talk about general things but my private life stays private unless we're actually become friends (even then, I make sure that not everyone hears!)
Antioxidant Antioxidant 7 years
No, but I have a coworker who is constantly sharing too much and it drives me batty. Going on about suicidal thoughts and DUIs and how they're amazed they haven't gotten this and that STD yet (I kid you not). All of the managers are aware of the behavior and have called 911 when suicide is mentioned, but it still happens. This person pulls their weight at work and is generally a likable person, but goodness gracious me are they unstable.
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